Coulée de Serrant

2017

Savennieres Coulée de Serrant is one of three monopoles in France that is its own appellation. It has been considered one of the best sites in France for making white wine for hundreds of years. It was first planted in 1130 by the Cistercian monks. It totals seven hectares and it has very steep slopes with sunny south / south-east exposure. The soils are quite shallow and composed of schist and quartz. Vineyard work is done by horse or by hand and the yields are normally 20-25hl/ha, although up to 40hl/ha are allowed. The vines are 35-40 year-old vines; and the oldest were planted in 1935. Vines are replaced by selection massale when necessary.

Harvest takes place over three to four weeks with up to five different passes, looking for the ripest fruit. The fermentation lasts two to four months in tanks and barrels with indigenous yeasts and no temperature control. The wine is aged for 6-8 months in neutral 500L oak barrels (a max of 5% new). It's bottled with a light filtration, no fining, and a low amount of sulfur. Total production averages 1,650 - 2,100 cases per year.

92 points
"“The 2017 Coulée de Serrant is a ripe wine, as Monsieur Joly lists this on the label as fifteen percent octane. The bouquet is deep, aromatically complex and ripe, delivering a blend of yellow plum, tangerine, a touch of pineapple, guava, beautiful, chalky soil tones, citrus peel, lanolin and a topnote of dried flowers. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and ripe, with a good core, fine expression of terroir and fairly low acids, with good balance and little sign of its octane level. This is complex, quite open for young Coulée de Serrant and carries its alcohol very nicely indeed. Like all of these Joly wines, this needs some air after opening to really start to show properly; there is just a whisper of natural wine “wildness” here on both the nose and palate once the wine blossoms, but it is fairly minimal. However, unless I am misreading the 2017, this will be a fairly short-lived vintage of Coulée de Serrant. 2020-2030.”"
View From the Cellar
95 points
"An incredibly unique Chenin from Joly’s monopole appellation. Muscular, but there’s a whispery edge to this that’s more ethereal than 2018. Light golden. Enchanting, beguiling aromas of melon and apricot, tarragon and verbena, honeysuckle, lanolin, and something smoky and mysterious. On the palate, soft and quiet at first, but a thrilling underlying energy that electrifies from midpalate to finish. An outlier, and an amazing wine."
Jason Wilson,
Vinous Media
, July 2020

SKU/Code: 
DB6422-17
Product Line: 
Wine
White
Varietal: 
Chenin Blanc
Farming Type: 
Biodynamic